Wednesday, 7 November 2012

She's In Fashion



Don't laugh, I almost could be, I'm wearing something new from a real retail shop.
Can you believe it?


I fell for this crazy fake fur number back in July when I spotted it through the window of a town centre catalogue clearance outlet on the way to catch a bus. Although it had already been reduced by 50% to £40 it was still far too much for a cheapskate like me to spend on a whim.


A couple of weeks ago I noticed the shop was closing down and that the jacket was still there (I thought it would be, blue fur ain't everyone's thing and living in one of the UK's "fattest towns" there's not much demand for my dress size). In I went and saw it was marked down to £7. Good things come to those that wait.


On the subject of fashion, Vivays Publishing offered me a sneak preview of the hefty History of Fashion - New Look to Now by June Marsh. Featuring all that's ever been desirable in clothing from post-war Elsa Schiaparelli to present day Mary Katrantzou and everything in-between, the book is gorgeous to look at, educational (without being tediously dry and dull) with photographs of garments to die for. Unlike many vintage fashion publications the pictures are ones I haven't seen before, not a rehash of the same old images anyone could find searching t'internet.


Clockwise from left: Claire McCardell designs from 1946, Ossie Clark, 1977 Zandra Rhodes (especially for Krista), Emmanuelle Khanh for I.D., Naomi Campbell in vintage Y.S.L., Missoni, 1950s Simonetta Et Fabiani, Beatnik-inspired Bonnie Cashin, Balenciaga.


The book explores the influence of music on fashion, the move towards more ethical manufacturing, the resurrection of legendary couture houses, the influence of the fashion blogger and the differences between European and American design. In short it's great and every girl friend I've shown it to bloody loves it. 

I'd offer to give it away but it weighs a ton (and I've already ruined it by drooling over the 1960s and 1970s clothes) so it's staying with me. If you want your own copy you'll find it HERE

Crazy fake fur worn with a 1960s Bukta leotard (20p, jumble sale), Lurex and crimplene maxi (Courtesy of the lovely Terri), velvet platform boots (£9, Office sale, 2011), 1970s patriotic pendant (The ever-fabulous Tamera), 1970s felt hat (50p, car boot sale), hair feathers from a pound shop.

I'm rocking red, white and blue in honour of my American pals. I'm thrilled with yesterday's results, what a shame most of us Brits didn't display as much common sense during our last general election.

When I wore this outfit previously a lady working in a charity shop asked if I'd "got enough bastard jewellery on". In the words of the mighty Keith Richards I responded with Darling, If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing.

See you soon

74 comments:

Hayley Rose said...

love the blur fur it really suits you good things do come to those who wait :) x

the gardener's cottage said...

wow that is gorgeous vix. only you could wear blue faux fur and make it look chic. that book sounds awesome too. must get. xo

Helga! said...

Holy shitbox, I might be first off the block!!
Love the blue fur, and indeed, good things DO come to those who wait!!!
That book looks and sounds pretty good! I love dribbling over that kind of thing.
Bastard jewellery!! Like massive bastard jewellery?! Hahahaha, that's brillant! Your reply is spot on, and soooo true. Feck it, I'm only wearing one necklace today, as I am too hung over to think straight this morning. Dumb arse, getting plastered on a school night!
Whatever, rock the hell on, funky chick, looking like a million bucks!
Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

Trees said...

What a cheeky lady! I agree with you & Keith on that one. I love the blue fake fur and it was SO meant for you after you waited all that time. What an absolutely beautiful book, love the fact it covers the relationship between music & fashion.

Cheapchick said...

Bastard Jewellery?? How funny. You are the most creative and unique dresser I have ever seen. Fab!

Perdita said...

Blue faux fur rocks, what a great buy.

I love fashion history books. I have to get them from the library as I have no permanent space left (due to my food history books haha).

lucy joy said...

That coat had your name on it from the word go! I love it when patience pays off.
Laughing hard at the 'bastard jewellery' comment - brilliant.
I'mm going through my annual 'freshen up the faux fur' routine, which involves wearing a different jacket every day, and dousing each one in my favourite perfumes at boots. The make-up/perfume lady (who has worked there years and looks no different to how she did in 1883) said "hope you'll decide on one by the end of the week".
Cheeky cow!

I'm thrilled for our American friends too. G+T for me once the boys are in bed, why not mark the occasion, eh?

That book looks like an excellent gift for vintage fans, you're doing the right thing holding onto it.

Love today's outfit Vix, even when you venture into high street stores you find an unusual bargain!

Lucy x

Janice Tutone said...

Thanks for the tribute to America! Gorgeous as always! XXX

Pennyblossoms said...

The bass player from Dr Feelgood always wore a 'bastard suit' according to that brilliant film about them.
Brill jacket, gorg colour too!
Z xx

Catherine said...

Gaaah, that jacket is such a find! It's gorgeous and a great colour on you! xo

Emalina said...

I have total hat and earring envy, and that jacket is gorgeous too!

Hippy at Heart said...

absolutely love your modern hippy look! could be an outfit from my closet! the hat's divine! love that keith richards quote, it's the best weapon against evil comments from narrow minded people ;) Also happy about the US vote results. xx

Trudie said...

No need to pass out, I think waiting out and scoring the fur for $7 was well worth it. It looks gorgeous on you. The whole outfit looks fab, comfy and snuggly.

Kezzie said...

Yay, serendipity! You look pretty! I think I'd like a hat in that colour, where did you get it?!

Linda Wolf said...

Killer look, Vix! That jacket was a total no-brainer for sure.

Too much jewelry???? Seriously................ not in our world!

Nice to see that the book recognizes the influence of rockers like Bowie on fashion. His buddy, Marc Bolan, got that look started. He would have liked your jacket. Long live Glam!

Krista said...

I loved this jacket the first time I saw you rock it and yeah for waiting it out, meant to be for sure. You look groovy in this outfit I know I said groovy but you do! This book does look beautiful I would love to have a look at it for sure and be inspired!

I think I will have to re-quote Keith too I have never heard that before but I just love love it!

Great minds think alike here's to 4 more years baby!
LOVEYOU!!!

SabinePsynopsis said...

A great find for a good price (I have a very similar one made by my aunt 30 years ago :)
My favourite tweet this morning was: "Don't worry America if there's a strong breeze coming from the East this morning - it's just Europe breathing a sigh of relief." Phew! xo

MyStyle said...

Hi my dear! oh wow, adore your blue faux fur, it looks amazing and you so suit a hat too! The book looks fabulous too, sounds like a great read xx

Le Material Girl said...

love that jacket on you vix - I'm shocked it's brand new!!! :o
oh and give me that book please! :)
xo

makinggooduse said...

What a total bargain you got with the blue faux fur - and you wear it so well, as always.

Huge sigh of relief re: the Presidential election here too - gawd knows what would've happened if Mitt the moron had won!!

pastcaring said...

Well, I can vouch for how fab that faux fur is, having seen and cuddled you while you wore it! It was a bargain at £7, your patience paid off. And the skirt from Terri is a beauty.
The book looks brilliant, might make some subtle (but not TOO subtle) hints about it for Christmas... Love the pics.
Good result in the US, I like your tribute pendant. The only thing I would suggest, Vix, if you don't mind a little constructive criticism, from a place of love and honesty... Wear more bastard jewellery, that's nowhere NEAR enough!
Love you more than red, white and blue! xxxxx
.

menopauselsupermodel said...

Gorgeous coat and it obviously was MEANT for you!! and with a LUREX maxi-divine!!
Bastard Jewelry??? LOLOLOL Is this a british thing????
I'll have to check that book out--I could see you sporting several of the things you gave us a sneak-peak of!!

Heather said...

Great fur and even though it is new it fits in well with your style...and you got a great deal on it good thing you waited!! You look gorgeous and that books looks very interesting a good read to curl up with on a cold day for sure ~ugh not so happy with election results Higher taxes in California it was the last thing we needed here :( Love Heather

Forest City Fashionista said...

The indigo fur is definitely Vix-worthy, and at a fabulous price! I'm terrible at waiting for things to go on sale if I want something bad enough. Bastard jewellery indeed! A lot of us over here are very happy with the US election results too. That book looks like some luscious eye-candy. I hope to get my review up later this week for the one I got from you.

Sophie said...

Looks like your bargain hunting skills aren't limited to charity shops! So up your street!
Sophie
X

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

LOL at enough bastard jewellery! I like your blue fur, especially at the bargain price of £7.
x

Annie said...

Who cares if it's new - it had your name on it and it looks fabulous. That's all that matters. I love the maxi skirt too, I bet it looks even more fab in real life with the lurex in it.

That book looks one of the best I've seen. I may copy Curtise and drop a few hints for Christmas.

What was that charity shop woman on? But your response was perfect! :)

I am off to sip (OK, guzzle) a glass of bubbly in honour of the American people!

annie xx

Sue said...

I like your Good things come to those that wait, it is exactly what TOF used to say to me about himself many years ago!! I always go by the theory that if something is still there when I come back I am meant to have it. If it sells in the mean time then I wasn't. Usually works well. Looking gorgeous!!

OP SHOP MAMA said...

Yes great election result -and what an orator!!

Blue faux fur a bit of a boon for 7 squid brand new!!

Looking awesome! Book looks great!

Love from Poppy said...

Vix I love this outfit. The colours are fab. You got such a bargain with the jacket, it was worth waiting for.
Dx

Rose&Bird said...

Well, having seen both the fur and the book in the flesh, so to speak, I can second how fabulous they both are. The book will probably be on my amazon wishlist for a while. Agree with you about the US election - Obama was the only choice in my mind.

Joni said...

Obviously that jacket has been waiting for you dahling! And so perfect for you too.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

See, I could never pull that blue fur coat off. I'm so envious of your natural ability to rock the coolest most random things.

That fashion book looks really cool and I love all the photos.

joyatri said...

It's ok that you have a dead-Smurf coat, since Smurfs aren't sentient beings. It looks lovely. Thanks for the American tribute.
That book does look drool-worthy. Hopefully, my local library will get it in.
Hope to see you in a few weekends!

Misfits Vintage said...

Bastard jewellery! I bloody love it.

You look GORGEOUS, amor - I love the blue fur and that skirt is fab, and you know I LOVE a felt hat. That book looks spectacular and I would so love to see some new old pics - I do get a bit bored with the same old same old. I shall put this on my wish list.

Love you more than BARGAINS! Sarah xxx

Veshoevius said...

Oh I think I spied this furry number on you in another post and wasn't sure if it was yours or not - I'm glad you bought it as it looks fabulous on you. I love the blue colour! I'm a shameless retail whore but I now think of you whenever I'm tempted and wait for things to get heavily discounted, such is your influence! We've been cheering the elections results here too.

Patti said...

Wow, fabulous fur vest!! And a completely great look, naturally. The book looks like a must. xoxoxo

Miss Simmonds Says said...

That lady's comment had me laughing and coughing. Mostly coughing. I just love that jacket on you, it looks fantastic and it'll keep you warm when you're trawling the chazzas. The whole outfit is gorgeous, now you mention a leotard I've got a request to see you dressed as Kate Bush. Do it! Or Cher in the Turn Back Time video. Minus the arse cheeks. Get Jon to dress as a
sailor. Your reply to the harridan was perfect. Xxxx

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

Utterly gorgeous, and at the price, well worth it. Thank you for the red, white, and blue. At the risk of alienating some of my friends, I'm ecstatic with the results. I was very, very worried. Now I can start worrying about global warming again, instead of the insanity proposed by some of these elitist old men.

I was ready to move to Canada, though. It was extra difficult because I live in an area where most of the people don't think the way I do. It can be depressing. Blogging helps. Thank you darling.

Dina said...

That book looks amazing! Another entry for my already-too long Christmas list :-)
Thanks (on behalf of America, haha) for your congratulations on the election results! I, for one, am ecstatic and super-relieved at the results. I was seriously considering what country to relocate to, if Romney had won...
but he didn't!! Yay!!!!!

XOX
www.VintageAdvantage.blogspot.com

Sue W @ Living the Good Life said...

Sigh it wasn't a dress up day today, I've been chasing stoopid sheep around on probably the hottest day so far, all carnage and mayhem and wellie boots! I is dead sexy I tell ya! Not half as sexy as you dearie ♥

Melanie said...

Well, I think bitch jewellery is much better than bastard jewellery if push comes to shove. I'm soooo relieved by the blue win - I cannot tell you how much. You look stellar in that new jacket and maxi from Terri. The structure and lines in those fashion photos are dreamy, no other word for it.

CityScape Skybaby said...

Love your reply to that woman Vix and what a bargain that jacket was, I love that smokey blue shade. I have stalked things too until they went down in price and I always do what Lucy does when I go to the shops, I like a little scoosh of expensive perfume. xx

Bohemian vanity said...

Wow lucky you to get such a deal, can't believe it was just 7,- ! Your outfit is gorgeous as always and from this combo - i like that floppyhat most! XX

edie pop said...

The fur is wonderful!!It's incredible that it was waiting for you!!!
I know that I write you everytime the same thing, but this is my favourite outfit (probabily you'll never stop to surprise me) the maxi, the hat and the blue fur are fabulous!!
Thank you for the sneak peek at the book, I collect history of fashion books since I went to Fashion School and this one seems great, it's true that many of its pictures are never seen before and it looks amusing!
Lots of Love!!

Fiona said...

Fabulous fur and such a bargain too.
I love books of yesteryore fashion photo's, just can't beat b&w either.
What a hilarious comment from the charity shop 'lady', hope your brilliant riposte took the wind out of her sails. x

Ronnie (RR) said...

Lovely jacket and well worth the wait. Brilliant response to a silly question too lol.

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

There is so much to like here. The pictures of you in your "bought- fakefur," the pictures on the yellow blouse in the previous post AND the wonderful vintage images. Ossie Clark dress 77, David Bowie, It almost hurts!

Mary Lou said...

;) so right the good things always come when you wait!! i adore that blue faux fur jacket! and you styled it again to perfection.
also that books seems worth a look!
kiss,mary

Kelly said...

Haha! Cheek of that lady!
And what a bargain, perfect for the chilly weather.
You so suit a hat Vix, love it.
xxx

Melanie said...

Love the blue fake fur! I always hankered after a fuschia pink one but when I finally found one it clashed with my hair colour!

DearHelenHartman said...

The fur is outstanding, the book a delight but your response about the jewelry is the real gem! Just bought a hat like the one you are wearing (mine is teal) and will be feeling quite vogue today knowing I have something in common with a fashion icon.

Kitty said...

Well I reckon bastard jewellery goes with the blue fur, right?! Both are an awesome and if people can't see it well that's their problem.xx.

thorne garnet said...

went in doubt, add another piece of bling, it cheers you up. I'll have to check out that book, love the photos you posted. The Claire McCardell 2-piece is wonderful, love the neckline.

Sophie - CGDN said...

Seems I didn't comment already, how odd. LOVING that furry jacket, what a bargain. Patience pays off eh? x

carrievintage said...

cute find! this shade of blue is great on you :)

Style Sud-Est said...

Ok to buy retail especially at that price - that is real cheap- yes sometimes it is good to wait!

Love that skirt too, wonderful!
I have my eyes on a book about fashion as well - I might get it one of those days -

Your book is great

Have a great day Vix

Ariane xxx

Vintage Coconut said...

Your new blue fur is totally awesome. I can't believe the price you scored it for. *whoa whoa whoa*
=D

daisychain said...

Major lust for that jacket! xo

The Pugnacious Vegetarian said...

Excellent deal on the jacket! I have never heard bastard used that way before! :)

Ivy Black said...

I love that jacket. Could have stroked it all day!
That's a stonking book....I'm gong to have to whack it in me wishlist.xxxxxxxxxx

Ivy Black said...

I love that jacket. Could have stroked it all day!
That's a stonking book....I'm gong to have to whack it in me wishlist.xxxxxxxxxx

Alexandra said...

I love your jacket Vix! x

CameronPoe2409 said...

FAb coat and I love the colour (and the price too). I totally agree with you, I wish our country was more involved in politics rather than complacent about who runs our country.xx

The Style Crone said...

Beautiful jacket Vix, and well worth the wait. And I might want to get my hands on the book. With your exquisite review, how could I resist.

Shubhi said...

You in your faux blue fur which waited in that shop for you until the prices came down!
A Romance in itself.

Something like this happened to me two days back. I was in my favourite thrift shop in Colaba and saw a military jacket that I had loved 2 months back, still there! It was too steep then, for 250/-Rs. And now, it was Rs 450/-. Talk of price hikes!


Love,
Shubhi's Revels!

Please may I? said...

What a bargain you got hun. Worth the wait as its fab!

Loving the book, some of those dresses are stunning. Totally agree with you on voting. Even Ashleigh as her age commented.

X x

Sarah said...

Great jacket, and what a bargin! I wish I had your patience. x

Milex said...

How beautiful you are!

Stacey said...

The blue fur is very you, and for that price! That maxi is divine too! And ha, as if you could ever have enough "bastard jewellery".

Devil made in Heaven said...

That fake fur is cool. And when cool stuff is still there after a while, it is ment to be yours.
That book looks so great. I will go and look if it is for sale overhere. I really can imagine that you were drooling over the photo's. I would to.
xxxx

pip a la chic said...

Oh Vix you make me laugh!! The jacket is definitely meant for you if it was still there. Love your comment to the lady in the charity shop as well. X

The Brunette said...

I love the book, gorgeous dresses.

Your outfit is lovely too as you know I like my faux fur x

Terri said...

Love the furry jacket and the inevitable way it made its way to you!